'Road Runner' is going to the extra mile in aid of care home left devastated by Covid-19

A Stranraer children’s entertainer is going the extra mile in aid of a local care home devastated by the effects of Covid-19.

Wednesday, 10th March 2021, 11:32 am
Updated Wednesday, 10th March 2021, 11:36 am
Ross Bark is running four miles, every four hours for 48 hours in aid of Thorneycroft Care Home

Like many within the community Ross Bark was heart-broken when a total of 14 people died at Thorney Croft Care Home.

Now, the 36-year-old former Scottish international athlete is taking on a gruelling fitness challenge that will see him run four miles, every four hours - for 48 hours.

Ross, affectionately known as the “Road Runner”, hopes to generate enough funds to help towards a memorial for the garden or alternatively treat the residents and staff to a day away when things return to normal.

He said: “I stay just around the corner from Thorney Croft and my training takes me past it every day.

Stranraer is a small community and everybody has been affected and deeply touched by this tragedy as well as the loss of so many lives.

“I wanted to do something in memory of them while raising funds that they could use to either create a memorial or even have a special day out.

“I know everybody has had a really tough time but it was heart-breaking to see all the notices in the local newsagent’s window about all the deaths at Thorney Croft, and and these wonderful people deserve a bit of good news!”

Ross – who regularly clocks up running 80 miles a week – remembered the challenge set last year by former United States Navy SEAL David Goggins.

He explained: “It is considered one of the toughest fitness challenges created – a real survival of the fittest.

“I decided on the spur of the moment to give it a go and hopefully will finish it on Sunday inside the car park at Thorney Croft, so that the residents and staff can cheer me on.”

A award-winning children’s entertainer, Ross had initially hoped to raise £250 after setting up his JustGiving crowdfunding page, but the the total has already exceeded £700 with donations still pouring in.

Ross said: “I thought I was being ambitious when I set the target of £250 but people have been enormously generous and I cannot thank them enough.”